Steps have been taken to hand over a report to the Cabinet of Ministers with a proposal to declare the sea area between Mannar and India’s Rameswaram as a highly environmentally sensitive region.
Accordingly, the report has recommended to preserve the region through various means.
The assessment report compiled by Dr. Sevvandi Jayakody pertaining to conserving highly environmentally sensitive sea areas was handed over to the Ministry of Environment last week.
It is reported that bottom trawling which was banned from Sri Lankan waters in 2017 has caused severe damage to the marine ecosystem.
The report said around 3,000 boats enter the region three days a week and destroy the marine life.
The area is also being used by endangered species such as blue whales, dolphins and turtles.
Therefore, a proposal will be submitted to declare the area as a special zone.
The report also calls for the declaration of the Trincomalee sea area and Southern sea area along Galle, Matara and Hambantota as highly environmentally sensitive regions for conservation purpose.